Late 2013 13" MacBook Pro trackpad replacement

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  1. mussafry macrumors newbie

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    I went through ifixit and the only guide they had for my specific model was the teardown guide which helped me get to where i am now...

    I opened the laptop and successfully removed the batteries and the steel pad protecting the trackpad I can see the trackpad but it's protected by a back plate that I cannot remove

    Picture:http://postimg.org/image/bh9dpwaqx/

    Any advice on how to remove this and get to the trackpad?

    Thanks in advance!
     
  2. mrnoglue, Aug 1, 2014
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  3. Lucas Godfrey macrumors 6502

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    Dude, WTF. late 2013 means you must still be in warranty so why not have apple repair it. On that same note; be really really careful with those batteries.

    Serious. Lithium battery failure is no joke, it can and will cause severe chemical burns, vent huge clouds of cancerous fumes and set itself on fire that can not, I repeat can not be put out with any water/chemical extinguisher you are likely to have nearby (the lithium burns in air alone, so unless you have a vacuum chamber handy or a deep bucket of sand, do not mess with those batteries)

    Story time, a 15"macbook pro once vented its battery on a shelf about 6 feet away from me and i kid you not i felt a solid pressure wave hit my back like a brick, a sound like a grenade going of and my ears rung for hours.

    OP, please, heed my advice and don't mess with li-poly/ion cells. treat them like bombs because they essentially are.

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  4. AppleNewton, Aug 1, 2014
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    you just need to slide the trackpad up and out.
    however I highly recommend you taking this into an Apple store or service provider, when replacing trackpads on the newer units they need to be programmed to work with the keyboard now, there are chips programmed allow full functionality apparently.

    that and improper handling of the batteries will just null everything as well.
     
  5. mussafry thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I have already seen that. That model is the early 2013 and it doesn't have the same backplate i mentioned. The insides are quite different.


    It is under warranty but it was a laptop ordered through colorware and i had the trackpad painted. It stopped working after that and colorware also stopped painting trackpads claiming that too many trackpads went broken and customers had them sent back. I thought it would be easier to change the trackpad myself then to send it back to them because it will take forever to ship all the way across and back.

    Ahh... little too late now.. :(

    Im assuming i need to remove the rest of the insides to get the trackpad to slide out?

    Man this was so much harder than i expected... might just try to box it all up and contact colorware...
     
  6. AppleNewton macrumors 68000

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    whoops i gave partially misinformation. for some reason I had MacBook Airs on the brain...and that info would be true (trackpad replacement).

    However for the Retina Macbook Pro's they are not replaceable..when you goto apple to get a trackpad repaired they will replace the entire top case/battery as they don't actually remove the battery (non-servicable/removable)


     
  7. mussafry, Aug 2, 2014
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    mussafry thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I fixed it... The answer was right there and I was just blind.

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    Removing screws 1, 2 and 3 is all you need to do, then open up the screen and you can push the trackpad out. When inserting the new trackpad be careful with the tightness of screw #3, it basically determines whether the trackpad can "click" or not

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    Moral of the story... Don't paint your trackpads (colorware stopped offering this as an option)
     

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